A few things occurred to me over the last couple of weeks.
Actually, let me rephrase that.
An accumulation of 11+ years in the WordPress community got me thinking.
Jumping the Ship
Let’s face it, any open source community will have turnover. There may be bursts of it here and there, or it could be more of a gradual phasing out. In any case, some people just need to move on.
But on the other side of the coin, there are always new people moving into he community. New faces, new ideas, new energy.
This is a result of anything from frustration, burnout, or perhaps a new job. And everything between.
Without going into all the reasons behind these shifts, it has apparently been happening in the WordPress community. The fact is, it always has. But lately more and more people are being more transparent and vocal vs. those who you just realize that you haven’t seen for sometime. And the fact that they want to share their story is cool. I give them kudos for doing what is right for them
Don’t Wallow in the Depths of Anger
Bitching and complaining.
I know that a lot of people have invested a good portion of their life and time in the space. The problem is that things change, or don’t change, and they get frustrated or downright angry. Their attempts to change things don’t pan out and that even makes their blood boil more. Unfortunately some of them hang around and vent that anger, become a hard-nosed critic and come to a point where they enjoy poking and stabbing at everything they feel is wrong. That isn’t good for themselves or the community.
But here’s the deal. The smart ones know when to leave. Give up that piece of WordPress and move on. Sure, as a result the community loses good people. But the ecosystem of any good community that lives and thrives is the energies of those who are behind it. Some get burned out for one reason or another. Or a number of other things happen.
It Goes Deeper
Now I am not going to touch on a lot of intricacies that are apparent, nor can I speak for everyone. Nor am I making light of any issues that someone has. I’m not even going to touch the “G” word.
No community is perfect, that’s not going to happen. They are living organisms they will mutate and change characteristics. I can’t even touch what emotions others have felt who decide to leave the WordPress community.
BobWP is About Community
I have a lot of perspectives on the WordPress community. I’ll be honest with you. I find the positive. I stay optimistic. And most importantly, I am flexible.
I came into this space having run a business and freelancing in the “regular business world” for over 25 years. And since stepping into the WordPress ecosystem, community has always played a huge part for me, no matter what I was doing.
I could write a gazillion word post on all that percolates in my head about the WordPress community. But instead, this blog is now going to be just that. My thoughts and experiences with the WordPress community. Call them insights, perceptions, meanderings, you name it.
When others are becoming less involved with the community, making changes in content or other mediums to not be so WordPress centric, or simply jumping the ship, instead, when it comes to the WordPress community, I am turning it to eleven.
Hope you enjoy the ride.